Morris Daily Herald – Dec 9, 1893

Excerpts from the Morris Daily Herald for December 9, 1893.


Rabbit hunters were numerous today.

Mrs. Elisa Drake has been confined to her home by illness for the past week.

Richard Rolley, who has been very sick, is much better.

Felt boots, the best and cheapest at Sparr & Stocker’s.

Dr. Peairs is confined to his room by illness.

Thousands of handkerchiefs on display at Henry H. Baum’s.

Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Allen were in Chicago today.

The Odd Fellows will leave their hall tomorrow at 9 o’clock, sharp, to take conveyances for Channahon where the funeral of the late Patrick McAllister will be held.

Mrs. A. Burgmall has gone to Ottawa on a visit to her sister, Mrs. John Hartung.

Every lady buying a pair of fine shoes at Enger’s between now and Christmas will receive a pretty combination of button hook and glove buttoner in a box free.

New holiday goods, at the Revolution.

German hand loom water twist table linens at Henry H. Baum’s.

Miss Maud Miller, daughter of Frank Miller, is down from Minooka on a visit.

Get a pair of woolen shirts at your own price at Jacob Meyer and Co.’s great closing out sale.

Our book department is complete and prices lower than our competitors. Zens & Erickson

Handsome George Colleps was down from Minooka on business today. Now he will smile.


Claims He is Not Lebroun, That He is Not a Murderer, That He is Wrongfully Held

Sheriff Daniels, Attorneys Stough and Hansen accompanied the prisoner who is booked as Julia Lebroun and charged with murder, committed in Central City, in February, 1891, to Joliet this afternoon with a view of being released from custody. His attorney, C.H. Hansen, was prepared to show that the prisoner is not Julia Lebroun, but that he is Ferdinand Jeanblanc, will show that at the time of the murder the prisoner was residing in Michigan and has affidavits from reputable merchants to that effect; he will show that the man was known in LaSalle seven years, and will show that this man was never in this county in fact until he was brought here a prisoner.

His wife, who left Michigan last year to go to France to dispose of some property arrived here from France three days ago to intercede for her husband. She produced their marriage certificate, also a certificate of good character from the mayor of Freese, France, the home of the prisoner, also shows an honorable discharge from the French army. He will also be able to prove that Lebroun claimed to be a widower and had a boy with him in Central City which he claimed was his son. The prisoner, as before intimated, has a wife and two children. It seems to be a case of absolute mistaken identity.

Holiday “W.C.C.” corsets.  All the best styles are for sale by us. T. H. Hall

Messrs George Gillett, H. Plimpton, Miss Jennie Gillett will leave Monday noon for Pensacola, Fla., to spend the winter. At the same time Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Seneca Tupper will leave for Daytona, Fla., and Wm. Kerns will go to the Narrows, Fla., where Louis Dawson lives.

Rocking horses and Shoo-Flies at A.B. Hull’s.

A COMPETENT DRUG FIRM OF MORRIS: A business house in this city, which, while being conducted at an old familiar stand, and by men experienced and well known in their line of business here, is now being managed under a new firm name, is that of Messrs. Wicks & Leach. Their drug store is what was for many years known as the “John Brown” stand.

Theodore C. Wicks

Theodore C. Wicks

Theo. C. Wicks (photo) has been connected with the store of which he is now part owner for eight years, excepting the time he was absent from Morris while engaged in the same business at Chicago and Joliet. This enables him more than anything else could to handle his present business with success, since he has had a great deal of experience with the class of people who have been patrons of the house, is well known t the trade, and in fact is familiar with all the ins and outs of the business.

George Leach

George Leach

Geo. A. Leach (photo) was born and raised in this vicinity. In 1890 he went into the drug store which he and Mr. Wicks purchased the early part of this year, to learn the business. Since that time he has spent two years in Chicago studying medicine, and gaining a practical drug experience. He enjoys the proud distinction of being the only druggist in town registered on examination by the state board of pharmacy.

Both gentlemen have always been known favorably to our people, having handled their trade in a manner calculated to insure future patronage. Besides having a complete line of drugs, patent medicines and the many things pertaining to this line, they have provided a large stock of holiday goods, in the way of plush toilet cases, albums, work-boxes, fancy stationery, lamps of different styles, elegant perfumes in all odors by bulk or bottle, etc. They also handle a choice line of cigars. Any one desiring anything in the holiday line will do well to see their tasty display; and to those who have not had business relations with this firm, it will not be out of place to suggest that prescriptions cannot be placed in more competent hands, as both gentlemen are registered and are perfectly familiar with their profession and trade. Compliments of the season are extended, together with a cordial invitation to call and examine the provisions made for the holiday trade.


G. C. Ridings is so well known not only in Grundy and the adjacent counties but all over this and many other States as a first class practical watchmaker, jeweler and engraver that an introduction seems almost unnecessary for everybody seems to know Carey for some reason. In this part of the State it is very well known that when one is in need of solid gold, solid silver or any of the best quality and grade of other makes of goods they can find such in his large and well fitted store. As for his workmanship he has but few equals and less superiors.  Carey has the following to say to one and all of his legion of friends and patrons so please read.

Carson House

Carson House

To My Friends and Patrons: I am still in business as I have been for the past fifteen years and as usual have the largest stock and greatest variety of all kinds of goods and wares in my line to be found in Grundy county. I still adhere strictly to selling goods upon their real merit and not misrepresentation, and I expect and hope to remain in business and receive a share of your patronage in the future as I have in the past. I kindly thank you friends for all past favors and as kindly ask you to call and examine my goods. Whether you wish to purchase or not you will be welcome. Any goods or work that goes out of my store which is not as represented and fails to give satisfaction I will gladly and willingly make right. Wishing you one and all a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Am Yours, very Thankfully, G.C. Ridings

When You Come to Morris, Go To The Carson House (photo)

Rates $1.60 Per Day, Reasonable Terms by the Week

Wm. R. Allan, Proprietor (photo)

William R. Allan

William R. Allan

A Quarter Century is the time this hotel has been in existence, and it has never failed by its reasonable rates, courteous treatment and competent service. To Please All!


Walter G. Jones

Walter G. Jones

Walter G. Jones (photo) was born and raised in Grundy county, and has spent nearly all of his existence in Morris.  He began to be better known to our people sixteen years ago when he entered the employ of Mr. Keller, owner of the store which is now Mr. Jones’. Here he worked faithfully for nine years, performing his work in the affable manner which now characterizes him, and which won him the respect of the store’s patrons. Mr. Jones concluded there was nothing like the old business with which he had to become familiar while young, and he two years ago, at the stand of his former employer, assumed control of the same line of business. In this he not only had nine years of experience to back him, but also a familiarity with the patrons of the establishment, who in a great measure he continues to serve.

Mr. Jones’ right hand assistant is Truman Turner, with whom the general public is favorably acquainted. He has had many years experience, and has come to be regarded a “fixture” in the establishment.

The best part of it all, however, is the manner in which Mr. Jones has made his stock adapted to the holiday season. He has always on hand a complete and fresh line of groceries, staple goods, canned goods, coffees, teas, spices, dried fruits and the other many appurtenances so essential to his trade. At Yuletide, however, all this is not sufficient, with the housewife. He has on shelf a handsome line of glassware, crockery, and lamps, besides fancy dishes, nuts, fruits and candies. Aunt Jemima’s celebrated pancake flour comes in for no small place, and the Pennsylvania buckwheat purchased direct from the mills with a little pure maple syrup is worthy the consideration of an epicure. The entire public is invited to see what Mr. Jones offers for the holidays.

Mrs. Ann Cunnea, mother of the bankers, is very sick.

Grocers’ display stands are not so stacked with slaughtered rabbits as of yore. This is because of their scarcity.

Street Superintendent Johnson had the scraper out today and cleared the gutters of much of the snow, thus allowing the water a chance to flow.

Sime McCowliff, a well known Joliet printer, was buried yesterday. He worked for a time in this city and was quite well known here.  He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. Poor Sime.

Cloth bound books 12 mo 14 cents at A. B. Hulls.

Harry Lindon was not suffering so much pain in his hand today, but has been troubled with a distressing headache. He still suffers from the effects of ether and edibles are almost repulsive to him.

Eider down cloaks for children from one to six years old at Henry H. Baum’s.

One of the saddest news notes we have seen is given in this week’s Advance, the western Congregational paper. It relates the death within a month of the only two sons and daughter, and visiting granddaughter of Rev. Dr. W.A. Waterman, of Genesir, this state. Typhoid fever was the disease, said to have been caused by the impure well on the parsonage property.

Charlie Thompson, Sells Bros’ right hand man, arrived home last night to spend the winter with his family. He comes direct from New Orleans where the circus closed a very successful eight days exhibition, and from where the outfit was shipped to Columbus, Ohio, the home of the brothers. Notwithstanding the world’s fair the Sells Bros. did a magnificent business. Mr. Thompson is a circus man from away back and is a citizen of whom we are all proud.

We are exceedingly glad to know that Miss Gertie Combs, who has been so dangerously sick, is improving nicely, and her many friends will rejoice to know that she is on the sure road to recovery.

Mrs. A.D. Dick, mother of the wife of Dr. L.W. Skidmore, died very suddenly at her home in Chicago yesterday.


Expires After an Illness of Two Weeks’ Duration

Mrs. Augustus Morse died at her late home on W. Jefferson street at 7:45 a.m. today. Two weeks before she was taken with la grippe, and pneumonia setting in a week later, which terminated in her death. For four days prior to her death she suffered intensely, and while apparently conscious nearly up to the last moment she was unable to make known her wishes by speech, and thus she died.

Harriet Staples was born in North Adams, Mass., June 20, 1827. When at the age of 2 years she moved with her parents to Oneida county, N.Y. She was married to Mr. Morse at Rome, N.Y, in May, 1858. Four years later they moved to Kane county, this state, and in 1868 they came to Morris where they have continued to reside. Deceased was a strictly home woman, seldom going from home unless it be to church, which she did with almost unfailing regularity. No children were born to the union. Her husband, who is in feeble health, so feeble as to preclude his presence at the last sad rites, is bowed down with grief, and to him the sympathy of all is extended. The funeral will take place from the Congregational church tomorrow at 2:30, Rev. C.C. Warner, officiating.

About boys: Our attention is called to the fact that boys are altogether too numerous and mischievous about the depot. Yesterday a light of glass in the large bus was broken by a snow ball fired by a kid. John Holmes’ new bus has also been a victim of the unruly boy. They should be made to keep away from the depot by all means. That is a place of business and loafers and boys should not be tolerated there. Complaint is also made of the promiscuous snowballing indulged in about the business streets. Owners of plate glass windows have lived in dread in fear of hearing the crash of glass. This practice, too, should by all means be stopped. The boys may imagine this is pretty severe, but these words are fully as much to their benefit as to pedestrians and owners of property. Thanks.

Arriving at my thirty-third year selling hardware, stoves, iron and steel also other goods belonging to a well assorted hardware stock, I take the pleasure of thanking you all especially my customers for the liberal patronage of so many years and let me wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with all that is good to accompany. Jacob Geisen

While getting coal several days ago, John Marshall, janitor of the High School, had a finger badly bruised by a chunk of coal falling upon it. Since then partial blood poison set in, and he has suffered intensely therefrom since. We are told, however, to know that he is feeling less pain today.

A Genial and Very Busy Groceryman

J. R. Jorstad

J. R. Jorstad

To begin a brief sketch of our subject, J. R. Jorstad (photo), the reader must look back in imagination to the year 1852 and the country of Norway-that cherished home of the hardy and thrifty Norsemen. From personal knowledge he knows very little of his native land, as he emigrated at the tender age of three, but so far as the characteristic traits of that race are concerned he does not lack many of their nobler elements. He has spent most of his life in the “Sucker State” having been raised near Leland, LaSalle county. For fourteen years he was a resident of Ogle county after which he came to Morris. Mr. Jorstad has been a tiller of the soil up to the time he became connected with the grocery business here with Mr. Peterson, who was compelled to retire last March on account of ill health, when Mr. Jorstad became sole manager of the concern. He continues in business at the old stand in the Gebhard block and has a corps of assistants who are ever ready to show his immense stock of staple and fancy groceries, canned goods, fish of all kinds; fine china and glassware; wood and willow ware; choice fruits and vegetables; maple and sugar syrups; N.O. molasses and sorghum; O.F. buckwheat and Pillsbury’s best flour, which has no equal. It may be to your interest to see the fancy lamps on display. Mr. Jorstad has an extensive farm trade, and has always on hand choice dairy produce for which highest prices are paid. The logical conclusion is therefore easily reached that having a large trade he is continually getting in fresh goods which have no time to become stale. The Holiday trade calls for a goodly portion of fancy candies and nuts, which are always fresh. A cordial invitation is extended to all, examine goods, and be convinced. See display advertisement in his name.

A. B. Hull sells boys wagons and sleds cheaper than elsewhere.

Holiday slippers nice, neat and cheap at Sparr & Stocker’s.

Nice fur muffs for ladies also childrens’ sets at Henry H. Baum’s.

A complete stock to make Holiday selections from at Jacob Meyer & Co’s, great closing out sale. A nice silk muffler, silk handkerchief, plush cap, box of cuffs or anything of this sort would make a suitable gift.

Holiday fur caps they are all the go.  Our styles and prices are most attractive. T. H. Hall.

Rag boys, rag girls, rag dogs large and small, rag cats large and small, cutest things made for Christmas at Henry H. Baum.

A fine display of confectionery, nuts and cigars as there is in town will be found at R.J. Winsor’s.

A Christmas Offering: Large juicy oranges 20 cents per dozen; Cranberries 7 cents per quart; Golden Crescent flour $1 per sack; Best rice 5 cents per lb; Roast beef 8 cents per lb; Tenderloin 12 ½ cents per lb. All patent medicines advertised at one dollar per bottle and sold by me at eight cents per bottle. J.B. Dawson

The Revolution

S. M. Underwood

S. M. Underwood

The holiday season opens with just as great a demand for good things as ever, and the grocery is preeminently above any other business house when it comes to determining which contributes most to the temporal happiness of man. S. M. Underwood, (photo) the proprietor of the Revolution is an old merchant of Grundy county and has conducted the present business long enough to satisfy everyone as to its stability and merits. The Revolution has always been up to a standard on every occasion when something special has been required, and the present stock for the holidays contains everything pertaining to the line of business, including groceries, canned goods, staple articles, fruits, pickles, crockery, chinaware, glassware and fancy hanging lamps.  Dried fruits, buckwheat and flour, very choice. Call at the Revolution before buying and enjoy a Merry Christmas.

Build and be Comfortable

The members of the firm of Pattison & Goold are both out and out Grundy county men, having spent most of their lives near Morris.  They are engaged in a business which finds ready customers the year around and the fact that they have a large extensive trade and the largest lumberyard in the county is attributable to their business tact and push. The location of their yard is in their favor as far as enabling them to meet competition is concerned, for they get their lumber by the cargo and have only to unload it at the dock, foot of Liberty street. All kinds of lumber are always in stock, besides sash, doors, blinds and moldings, and the many little articles pertaining to the trade. Sewer pipe and sidewalk tile, are important specialties. The winter is on, and if there is any thing which is verily appreciated now it is a warm, cozy, comfortable house. When the chilly blasts strike the unprotected, or those who pay rent for a half comfortable residence there is then a tendency to think of the residence that might have been built during the fine weather.  Rent is dear from any point of view, and if a house is desired to be built Pattison and Goold are the men to see before making contracts. The compliments of the season are extended and best wishes for a happy new year.

Death of Mrs. I. N. Brown

The good wife of Squire I.N. Brown died at her late home in Newark, Kendall county, yesterday at 4 a.m. after a long illness. Deceased was married to Mr. Brown March 22, 1840, thus they have gone hand in hand for more than a half century. She was born May 13, 1819 in Chautauqua county, N.Y. To them were born nine children, only three of whom survive, viz; Mrs. Henry Ripley, who lives with the aged parents, Mrs. Frank Harris, of Wauponsee Station and Mrs. Oswood Thumb, of Nebraska. She was a member of the Congregational church, was a home woman, a kind and loving wife and a most devoted mother.

The funeral will be held from the house tomorrow at 1 o’clock and interment will be made in the Millington cemetery where the remains of several children repose. Mr. Brown’s health is such that it is feared he cannot survive but a few days.

The 80 acre farm of the Jos. Dewey estate was sold today at administrator’s sale. Horace Overocker became the purchaser at $35 per acre.

Mrs. Darius Miller is here from St. Louis on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Brown.

F.M. Dunlap, of Canton, Ill is here seeking a location as a general blacksmith.

Dr. Murray today received the sad intelligence of the death of his father, who died yesterday at his late home near Philadelphia. The doctor will leave tomorrow to attend the funeral.

For the Holidays – Our Stock is Complete – Fine Shoes for Ladies, Boots and Rubbers for Men, Slippers for Everybody, Embroidered and Plain. Our Furnishing Goods Department is complete. Lots of desirable Christmas gifts. Our prices are made to…Suit the Hard Times. A.J. & K. Enger

A Clean Sweep is what is expected from A New Broom. Not so, however, with The New Grocery just opened in the New Horrie Block. It will always serve you well.

Typed and submitted by Kathleen Berner Groll.

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